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Making the adjustment to a new environment in college will be nothing new for Darreon Jackson. Change has been a part of his life for years.
It goes with the territory growing up in a military family.
Jackson, a defensive back who will play his senior year for Derby High in Wichita, Kan., is the son of a recruiter for the U.S. Navy. He’s called several cities home over the years and spent the first three years of his high school career playing for Mesquite Horn.
UNT kept track of Jackson after seeing him play as a junior and has jumped into the race to sign him with Army, UTEP, Tulsa and Kansas. All four schools have offered.
In a bit of a twist, former UNT assistant coach Clint Bowen is recruiting Jackson for Kansas.
UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds is also recruiting Jackson, who received his offer just a few days ago, when he spoke with Mean Green head coach Dan McCarney.
“That is really exciting for me,” Jackson said. “Someone is giving me an opportunity to show what I have to offer.”
The proximity of most recruits’ homes to the schools that are recruiting them is often a deciding factor in college sports. That won’t be a factor for Jackson.
“My family won’t stay here for long,” Jackson said of Wichita. “We are going to have to move in another couple of years. If I go to a school in Kansas, they might not be there.”
Jackson is familiar with the Denton area from his time in Mesquite and is carefully considering UNT, along with all of his other options.
“What is important to me is an education,” Jackson said. “I want to see what schools have to offer. I want to go into medicine and be a pediatrician.”
Jackson has plenty to offer the schools that are pursuing him. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior last season and can play either cornerback or safety. Most teams project Jackson as a cornerback, but UNT likes his potential as a safety. Here are his Hudl highlights.
“I don’t have a preference either way,” Jackson said.
Jackson said Simmonds has made a positive impression and put UNT in good position in his recruitment that might not last much longer.
“I am trying to make a decision before the season starts,” Jackson said. “If that doesn’t work out, I will commit on December 27. That’s my birthday.”
Mean Green blog recruiting series
DL Dustin McWhorter, Graham
DB Ashton Preston, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
DB Hayden Davidson, Richland
DB Cade Erwin, Flower Mound Marcus
OL Tyler Moore, Galena Park North Shore
OL Abdul Beecham, Converse Judson
WR Israel Williams, Waco Connally
OL Creighton Barr, Flower Mound Marcus
DB Niko Small, Arlington Bowie——————————–Committed to TCU
OL Shane Block, Yukon, Okla.
OL Ken Marks, Beaumont Central
OL Rowdy Clark, Denton
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC ———————– Committed to Oklahoma State
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
DB Nate Brooks, Whitehouse
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse —————————– Committed to SMU
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins ———— Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.